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Remembering Hal Bruno: A Special Relationship Firehouse® Magazine readers knew Hal Bruno as a dispenser of wise advice on how firefighters could win the hearts and minds of the public and the politicians through effective navigation of the...


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A month before his death, Hal made his last trip to Emmitsburg, MD, for Memorial Weekend. Sitting alongside Hal and Meg Bruno were the survivors of 72 firefighters who died in 2010. Hal’s focus, as always, was on the survivors. But this moment wasn’t lost on me or any of us who had worked with Hal Bruno that this was a clear sign of the enormous impact this remarkable man had on the fire service he so loved.

Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director

Natl. Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Emmitsburg, MD

The writer is the former fire chief of Prince George’s County, MD, and currently serves with United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Queen Anne’s County, MD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science and a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Maryland University College.